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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown scheduled to appear at two debates in Spokane this week

In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Lisa Brown, left, Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, right, speaks during a debate in Spokane. The two will meet again at a debate Wednesday night at the Fox Theater. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Lisa Brown, left, Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, right, speaks during a debate in Spokane. The two will meet again at a debate Wednesday night at the Fox Theater. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown are scheduled to debate twice in the next 48 hours in Spokane.

The candidates will appear on stage at the Fox Theater on Wednesday evening in a televised debate hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated. The event will air live on KXLY-TV beginning at 7 p.m.; it will also be broadcast by the outlet’s radio partner, AM 920. Questions were generated by GSI’s board of directors and public policy teams and will focus on the economy.

The event will be moderated by KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward. Registration for the event closed Tuesday afternoon. GSI is expecting close to 900 people to attend.

A second debate is scheduled to take place Thursday afternoon at the Spokane Club, hosted by the Rotary Club of Spokane #21. Seating for the event is already at capacity, but the debate will be livestreamed on Facebook in partnership with KSPS-TV, said Jenna Carroll, executive director of the club.

Questions were submitted by Rotary Club members, Carroll said. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:20 p.m.

The Rotary debate will be moderated by Gary Stokes, KSPS’s general manager and a club member. The debate will be broadcast on KSPS World, antenna channel 7.2, at 1 p.m. Oct. 24 and 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

The two debates will be the second and third contests between McMorris Rodgers, who is seeking her eighth term in Congress, and Brown, the former chancellor of WSU Spokane and onetime Democratic majority leader in the Washington state Senate. A fourth debate is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce.

The two candidates previously met at a debate that was part of the Northwest Passages Community Forum in a partnership between The Spokesman-Review and KHQ-TV. McMorris Rodgers and Brown discussed health care, tax reform and immigration policy at that debate Sept. 19 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

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